Embedding YouTube videos allowed, EU court rules


Good news for Internet’s most famous kitten (pictured above). European Union has ruled that embedding a copyrighted YouTube video in your site is not copyright infringement (source: torrentfreak). To celebrate this EU victory let’s embed the worlds most popular kitten video:


The kitten’s name is “Atilla Fluff” according to knowyourmeme.com is 6-10 weeks old on the video and the video was recorded in November 2009. In the past years Atilla acquired over 74 million views on YouTube. His popularity makes total sense: Who does not like a video of a very small kitten getting tickled?

If you think that is weird, listen to this: There is a yearly Internet Cat Video Festival, which was recently held for the third time!

Disabling YouTube annotations when embedding

Embedding YouTube videos is great, but annoying annotations may take up important screen estate. Although viewers can click them away it often gives a bad user experience. The above video has some of these annoying annotations. Fortunately I was able to disable them. How? Just add the following parameter to the end of the URL in the embed code (source: vidiseo.com):


The above video is normally embedded with:

<iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/0Bmhjf0rKe8?feature=player_embedded"
frameborder="0" width="640" height="360" allowfullscreen></iframe>

And after disabling annotations the embed code is:

<iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/0Bmhjf0rKe8?feature=player_embedded&iv_load_policy=3" 
frameborder="0" width="640" height="360" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Alternatively you can embed even better by using not an iframe but a picture and the following code:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/embed/0Bmhjf0rKe8?feature=player_embedded&iv_load_policy=3">
<img src="http://www.leaseweb.com/labs/img/surprised_kitty_video.jpg" /></a>

This is what we did on the video above and it will fully respect your privacy (where the iframe solution may not).

Enjoy embedding YouTube videos!


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